Electives in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities          

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities is a multidisciplinary clinic that integrates research and clinical care for children with autism spectrum disorder. Residents initially focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment, but may also choose to immerse themselves in the Center’s cutting-edge translational research.

Children’s Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatry

The resident will work within a multidisciplinary treatment team to deliver care to a high-acuity child and adolescent population. The patient population is predominantly mood-based with some medical complexity possible. Residents will be expected to take their own cases proportioned appropriately to PGY level with attending direct supervision.

Children's Medical Center Outpatient Clinic

The CMC Outpatient Clinic provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment to a wide range of children and adolescents, as well as ongoing care of patients who are discharged from the Psychiatric Inpatient and Day Treatment services. The PGY-3/PGY-4 resident will care for child and adolescent outpatients with an emphasis on a developmental, bio-psychosocial, and culturally sensitive approach to outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric practice. New cases and follow-ups are presented, discussed, and staffed by faculty. The cases are carried throughout the rotation, and an appropriate disposition is made at the conclusion of the rotation.

Family Studies Clinic

Residents meet with families in distress and an experienced family psychotherapist as a group. Afterward, videos of sessions are reviewed and discussed. Residents learn the finer points of emotionally focused therapy and other postmodern viewpoints such as narrative therapy. The main responsibilities of residents are to be a co-therapist for a family or couple.

Garland ISD-based Clinic: Children and Adolescents

This Metrocare clinic serves the Garland Independent School District. Residents learn to care for a diverse set of diagnostic challenges in school-age children, including ADHD, ODD, mood disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and anxiety disorders. At the end of the rotation, the resident will be adept at creating and modifying a comprehensive treatment plan for children and adolescents in a community mental health outpatient setting as well as interact with school, primary care practices, and counseling support systems in a time-efficient manner.

Intensive Treatment of Children with Severe Behavioral and Emotional Problems

Residents work in specialty multidisciplinary programs intended to provide care to children and adolescents with significant social difficulties. Residents complete diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans, and become comfortable managing psychopharmacology in these populations. Moreover, resident physicians learn about other community resources available to this population and participate in weekly staff meetings with probationary staff from the juvenile department.